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Virginia Driving Safety Tips: The Facts About Texting and Driving

September 22, 2013 by The Parrish Law Firm

Texting while driving is the easiest way to put yourself and others in danger while on the road. While it may not seem like a big deal at first glance, once you break down the statistics you can see that your text message can wait, so you can get home safe.

The Facts about Texting While Driving

  • While texting, your eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds; enough time to travel the length of a football field if traveling at 55 mph.
  • Someone who is texting while driving is 23 times more likely to get into an accident compared to someone who is not.
  • When using your cell-phone while driving, whether hands free or not, your reaction time is delayed as if you had a blood alcohol content level at the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
  • Drivers using handheld devices (I-Pod, cell-phone, GPS, etc.) are four times more likely to experience an accident that can cause them injury.
  • 60% of drivers use cell-phones while they drive, and 57% of drivers rate themselves as being better than the average driver…
  • Of the teens who drive while texting, 34% say they are used to multitasking.
  • Of those crashes in 2009 that involved injuries, 20% involved distracted driving.
  • Distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens, surpassing alcohol-related crashes.

The text message can wait. Put the phone down and get home alive.

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